Tennessee lawmaker pushes bill to stop fake online business reviews
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — For a lot of people these days, online reviews are important.
And, if a company or restaurant has a lot of bad reviews, chances are people will go elsewhere.
Viewers may remember the story of a Nashville painting business that was getting hundreds of bad reviews from people who were never customers. In fact, they were not even real people.
NewsChannel 5 Investigates first exposed the issue two years ago on how those fake reviews were actually being posted by a competitor.
Those hundreds of fake, bad reviews were almost too much for that painting company to survive. But it did.
And now, a state lawmaker wants to make sure that doesn’t happen to anyone else.
Bill Nishanian, the owner of Nash Painting, thought his customers were happy and satisfied with the work his crews were doing.
But then, negative reviews started coming in and they just kept coming.
“We had 88 and then there was 100 and there was 160 and then…